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Burpee Bean & Pea Booster

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Improve plant growth and increase yields of beans and peas organically.

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This organic formula infuses soil with millions of live nitrogen-fixing bacteria so the roots of peas and beans can convert and use free atmospheric nitrogen. Sprinkle the organic granules in furrow as you sow to improve plant growth and boost yields.
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  • How to Sow

    • Because cowpeas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
    • Sow in average soil in a sunny location after danger of frost and soil has warmed, from spring to early summer. Sow after the soil has warmed, as seeds may rot in cooler soils.
    • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
    • Sow in rows 24 inches apart. Sow seeds 3 inches apart and cover with 2 inches of fine soil. Firm lightly and water gently.
    • Seedlings emerge in 10-14 days depending on soil and weather conditions.
    • Keep sowing bean seeds every 2 weeks for a constant supply of beans.
    • Thin gradually to stand 12 inches apart when seedlings are 1-2 inches high.

    How to Grow

    • In dry weather, keep soil well-watered. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
    • Cultivate or mulch to keep weed-free, but do not work or handle plants when leaves are wet.
    • Beans as companion plants: Planted closely in rows spaced around two feet, bush bean plants blend well with like-sized warm-season vegetables such as peppers, tomatoes and eggplants. Between towers of pole bean plants, planting vines like squash can help keep weeds down. Pole beans can help protect cool-season vegetables such as spinach and lettuces, as the weather warms.

    Harvest and Preserving Tips

    • For fresh use, pick pods as soon as well-filled out with peas
    • For dried bean use, harvest in about 80 days
    • To Dry Beans: Allow the beans to stay on the plants until they are partially dry. Then pull up the plants and hang them in a warm, dry place with good air circulation until the pods and seeds are thoroughly dry. Shell the beans and save the pods and plants for composting.
  • Burpee Bean & Pea Booster is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from COOL BEANS My bush beans came up uniformly and with out any loss despite weeks of rain and cool fronts. I usually have to replant my beans if I don't wait after the april showers.The bean and pea booster saved me a lot of time and work. SOUTH EAST TEXAS
    Date published: 2015-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Proof is in these garden photos The right side of the photo I used the Burpee Booster product. The left side of the photo I did not. The other soil conditions and sun conditions are the same. What is amazing is that the lettuces near the "boosted" peas are also way larger as well, which makes me wonder if this booster (Rhizobium bacteria) actually works for more than just legumes. It is a nitrogen-fixing bacteria so I would imagine that it does work well for other plants, or perhaps just other plants near peas that have been "boosted".
    Date published: 2015-04-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Burpee Booster I just planted my Ruby Corn and Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans (together) and added the Booster. I planted the beans right next to the corn so that the beans will have a natural trellis to grow up.
    Date published: 2015-01-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hamburger size tomatoes These tomatoes are wonderful. I bought 6 plants, and my husband and I had large sweet tomatoes all summer and some to give away. One plant seemed to do much better than the others, not sure why. They were very large , perhaps 4" across, very heavy (a hand full), sweet. As the weather grew hotter, the leaves began to curl up and die. As it cooled off we had more come on, but not as nice as the first ones in mid-July. I will be ordering more of these for Summer of 2015
    Date published: 2014-09-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Impressed Noted about 20% reduction in plants that sprouted and matured. Each plant produced yields similar to prior years. Planted a 20' row of "super snappy bush peas" 3/25/11. Peas started producing 5/31/11. Heavy rains and cool weather again this spring.
    Date published: 2011-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My only 5 leaves rated product (so far) I don't think I have given a "five leaf" rating to any vegetable or herb as there is always something. Some things are a 5 for taste but only a 3 or 4 for productivity. Well I started using this about two years ago after growing peas and beans for years with decent to great productivity but this stuff really, really helps boost it just as it says it does. My pea plants and beans would be productive but this stuff turns productive into loaded. I soak the beans and peas in warm water then roll them around in this stuff to coat them, plant them with a little more sprinkled in and BAM! It is really pretty cheap too for what you get. I buy the little package off the Burpee rack and it is more than sufficient for the home gardener.
    Date published: 2008-04-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Booster Results Phenomenal results with peanuts, English Peas, and Fordhooks. I'll never go without using it again.
    Date published: 2006-02-27
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